And I was reminded today why I have this rule. It’s because of ads like this, found in Pigspittle News personals:
There are many sicknesses in this world that doctors & God can cure. But there is one that only God & another individual can cure, that is loneliness. Somewhere in our wonderful city is another person like Carl who is very lonely & needs a companion; who will enjoy being with each other, caring about each other & going places & having meals together. 2 years ago, God took my wife & I have been lonely ever since. I cry myself to sleep day & night wishing for somebody. If you’re that person, please call me any evening at [lists phone #]. I am 74 years old and have no transportation or anybody.
Carl, man, you’re breaking my heart. I mean that, entirely snark-free.
That’s going to stick with me all week. All week at the very least. Poor, poor Carl.
I know! I felt like calling him up just to ask if I could get him some groceries or something. So very, very sad.